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Paul Lyons


Paul Lyons
My primary interests are in U.S. literatures, literary and cultural theory, regional/settler literatures, Oceanian literatures, creative writing (fiction), and what I call American Pacificism, a form of American Pacific Orientalism that I elaborate on in AMERICAN PACIFICISM: OCEANIA IN THE U.S. IMAGINATION (2006). This monograph, part of Routledge's Research in Postcolonial Literatures series, deals with the U.S. production of knowledges about the Pacific from early shipboard narratives of encounter through contemporary tourist narratives.

Other recent publications include an essay on teaching the literatures of Hawai'i in AMERICAN LITERATURE AND POSTCOLONIAL THEORY (2003), a novel, BUTTON MAN (2004), an essay on Melville and Globalism in THE BLACKWELL GUIDE TO HERMAN MELVILLE (2006), and a number of reviews in CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC.

Areas of Interest

American literatures, American Pacific orientalism, literary theory


College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award (1996)
Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004)


B.A. Hobart College
M.A. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Spring Semester 2015

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ENG 100(38) Composition I TR 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 337(1) American Lit 1850-1950 TR 12:00-1:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2014

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ENG 471(1) Stds Postcol Lit: Postcol Theory, Settler Colonialism, & Novel MWF 12:30-1:20 Edit

Spring Semester 2014

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ENG 780B(1) Seminar in Comparative Literature (LSE/CSAP, HAP) W 3:30-6:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2013

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ENG 273(1) Reading & Writing Short Fiction MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit
ENG 273(2) Reading & Writing Short Fiction MWF 10:30-11:20 Edit
ENG 491(1) Honors: African (American) & Oceanian Lit. M 12:30-3:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2013

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ENG 326(1) Lit & Postcolonialism TR 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 336(1) American Lit to Mid-19C TR 12:00-1:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

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ENG 320(3) Intro. English Studies TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 625B(1) Theory & Methods Literary Study (LSE) T 6:30-9:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2011

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ENG 100(13) Composition I MWF 10:30-11:20
ENG 271(6) Aesthetics and Politics in Contemporary Fiction MWF 1:30-2:20 Edit

Fall Semester 2010

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ENG 371(1) Literature of the Pacific TTH 9:00-10:15 Edit
ENG 440M(1) Toni Morrison TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit